24 fun things to do in Denver with your family
posted by: Amber Johnson
Free Days at Four Mile Historic Park, the Longmont Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Also, don’t miss the Loveland Sweetheart Festival and Colorado Ballet’s Wizard of Oz. See our event calendar for details.
Colorado Ballet’s The Wizard of Oz at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Feb 1 – 10
Colorado Ballet is honored and proud to present its premiere of The Wizard of Oz at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, February 1–10, 2019. In addition to Colorado Ballet’s 10 performances of The Wizard Oz, the company will present An Evening in Oz Gala at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 5:30PM.
Denver Jewish Film Festival at JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center
Feb 6 – 18
The 23rd Denver Jewish Film Festival presents the best and brightest cinematic moments from newly-released Israeli and Jewish cinema. With more than two dozen captivating screenings, the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center will once again use the power of cinema to entertain, challenge, and educate our diverse audiences of theater lovers.
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton at the Adams County Fairgrounds
Feb 7 – 10
It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.
Free Day at the Four Mile Historic Park
Feb 8, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Free Day at the Longmont Museum
Feb 8, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.
Girls in STEM: Snow Science and Snow Safety at the Keystone Science School
Feb 8 – 10
Keystone Science School’s next Girls in STEM program is focused on Snow Science and Snow Safety. Girls will learn about snow science and a wide variety of careers within snow safety and snow science.
Loveland Sweetheart Festival at Downtown Loveland
Feb 8 – 9
Loveland Sweetheart Festival has announced entertainment, art and experience details for its free festival Feb. 8-9. Presented by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Visit Loveland Colorado, the festival will capitalize on the city’s rich history as the nation’s Sweetheart City and one of the top small art communities in the nation through art installations, attractions and contests.
Colorado Garden & Home Show at the Colorado Convention Center
Feb 9 – 17
Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Enjoy the multitude of fragrances as you stroll through more than an acre of professionally landscaped gardens – 11 in all. Talk to representatives from more than 650 companies from 25 states and Canada. Visit with the region’s gardening gurus and home improvement experts about the best ways to move your home and garden projects forward.
FAC Museum Free Day at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Feb 9, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. Museum Free Days, as a part of the FAC’s other free and reduced-fee programs (such as scholarship programs at Bemis, and special military discounts through the Blue Star Theatres and Blue Star Museums programs), make an important impact in our community.
Museum Takeover: Heartbreakers at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Feb 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Forget about the candy and roses; this Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating all things circulatory system. With fun, interactive stations all over the museum taught by Colorado State University Biomedical students, you can dive into the deepest ventricles of the heart and see what makes your ticker tick.
Hands-on History Family Fun Day at the History Colorado Center
Feb 9, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.
Kids Wonder Grand Opening at Kids Wonder
Feb 9, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Join us to celebrate South Denver Metro’s ONLY Intentional Play Center for kids 0-8. Learn about our wonderful Big’Lil programs, check out the BEST Lil’Town in CO. Entertainment from Rocky Mountain Puppets, Wayne & Wingnut, Denver Kid Magic and the music of Steve Weeks.
Narwhal and Jelly and their Pod Pal Ben Clanton at the Denver Public Library
Feb 9, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Have a podtastic time meeting Ben Clanton the creator of the o-fish-ally hilarious Narwhal and Jelly books. Ben will talk about his books, including the newest Narwhal and Jelly title, and then lead an art workshop for kids.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Feb 11, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Museum Admission is free on the dates listed below. To add a temporary exhibit, IMAX or Planetarium show, purchase tickets at the Museum on the Free Day; upgrade rates apply. Reservations and amenities (lunchroom, coat and lunch storage, bus drop off, etc.) for school groups are not available on SCFD Community Free Days.
Denver Nuggets vs. Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center
Feb 11, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Miami Heat.
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts at ImageCielo at Castle Pines
Feb 12, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. The experience is one-of-a-kind!
Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pepsi Center
Feb 12, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs at Pepsi Center!
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Mountaineering Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park
February 15-19, 2019
Mountaineering Weekend at YMCA of the Rockies features guided snowshoe hikes & winter ecology explorations in Rocky Mountain National Park, backcountry ski meet-ups, ice climbing lessons, winter survival and avalanche awareness presentations, and demos by popular mountaineering equipment brands. Whether it’s your first time out or your family has camped many times, this special weekend has activities and excursions for every level and all ages. Children will enjoy story times, kid-lead hikes and fun snow activities, in addition to ongoing YMCA of the Rockies activities such as roller-skating, ice skating, arts & crafts, etc. https://ymcarockies.org/mountaineeringweekend/
Ongoing General Events
Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado
December 21, 2018 – February 16, 2019
Each year, Ice Castles brings fairy tales to life for hundreds of thousands of families across North America. Since 2011, Ice Castles has been dedicated to creating an experience that will live on long after the ice melts. https://icecastles.com/dillon/
The Crystal Ice Festival at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
Dec. 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019
Deep in the winter covered forest atop a high mountain is the magical Crystal Ice Castle. Where winter wishes are sent to be considered by the Frost Queen Andorra. Your wish may be granted by the Frost Queen, but those that are not are buried deep within the ice of the castle for future consideration. A found object installation of old glass, cut crystal and acrylic. Including objects such as vases, candlesticks, goblets, bowls and more. Embellished with crystals, beads, rhinestones and silver filigree. http://moaonline.org/winter2018diorama/
Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.
Denver Art Museum
There are several family-friendly exhibits at the DAM including Stampede: Animals in Art on view at the museum through May 19, 2019. A Walk in the Woods is still on view, which coincides with Stampede, and includes animal-themed artmaking activities and after their summer break, Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives, are back. Children have been really loving the gallery games and book in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Their Learning & Engagment department created a children’s book specially to be used while visiting this exhibition with children, and don’t miss the fun new interactive installation by local artist Nicole Banowetz, The Incubation Effect. Go to https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.